Call of Duty League Raid Map Added to the Map Pool for 2021

by in Call of Duty | Jan, 8th 2021

Activision, Treyarch, and the numerous pros and organizations that make up the Call of Duty League are gearing up for the next season. While we still don’t have the official schedule yet, we now know some more of the updated rules that include the Call of Duty League Raid map. 

Call of Duty League Rules Have Been Updated

Some ground rules were already set in stone last year in November, only a couple of weeks after the release of Black Ops Cold War, which the league will play during the 2021 season. Now, those rules have been recently updated as of this week to include more restrictions and changes.

One of these major changes includes adding a new map to the map pool for the Call of Duty League 2021 season. We thought we already knew what maps would be used in the upcoming season, but it looks like that is not the case as there is a new challenger that has arrived. 

Interestingly enough, this challenger isn’t that new as we have seen them before, and they are coming back for round two. That is the Call of Duty League Raid map that will be part of the map pool for the upcoming season in which the pros compete against one another. 

This significant change is a huge departure from some of the past seasons of pro Call of Duty play, especially last year, where there were mainly new maps that the teams competed on. As you likely already know, Raid is not an entirely new map at all and one that we know and love from the past. 

Raid Joins the Call of Duty League Map Pool

With the release of the first season of content for Black Ops Cold War, Treyarch brought back one of the most beloved multiplayer maps of all-time: Raid. This fan-favorite location hails from the iconic multiplayer suite called Black Ops 2 and instantly became one of the most popular maps in the Cold War.

Many players were saying forget about the new maps released in the game, like Moscow and Cartel, and say hello to one of the most iconic maps to ever release in Call of Duty history. Raid takes place in the Hollywood Hills in California, where you play on a massive mansion estate. 

Several luxurious buildings are overlooking Los Angeles’s city on the map that you can go throughout, with a pool, courtyard, and more connecting the various locations. It is a mid-sized map that is decently varied and uniquely designed to be one of the best maps for Cold War. 

As such, it is no surprise at all that Activision saw the popularity and success of this return of Raid and brought it into the Call of Duty League map pool for the 2021 season. But it is also exciting at the same time since it isn’t exactly a new map. 

Raid Will Be in Hardpoint

In some ways, it will be like a blend of Black Ops 2 and Cold War that will occur when this map is chosen for teams to play on. We could see a potential situation where some teams dominate on this map but maybe not as much when it comes to the new Cold War locations. 

Regardless, this change has been made. The Call of Duty League Raid map will be one of the locations you will see the 12 pro teams compete on in 2021. There are three main game modes that teams will battle in, and Raid is being added to all of them. 

Hardpoint is the first game mode, returning from its stint last year in Modern Warfare, and Raid will be there. The problem is that there are already five maps that were set up for the Hardpoint mode. As such, Raid has effectively replaced one of them for the upcoming season. 

Cartel will no longer be a Hardpoint map and, instead, Raid will take its place as one of the five. The other four maps that will be part of the Hardpoint game mode are Checkmate, Crossroads, Garrison, and Moscow. The second game mode is another returning one, and that is Search & Destroy. 

Raid Will Also Be in Search & Destroy and Control

Raid will join that map pool as well, replacing Crossroads in the process. The other four maps that will make up the pool for this mode are Checkmate, Garrison, Miami, and Moscow. This is also Miami’s only appearance in the map pool for the 2021 season. 

And with Cartel’s removal from Hardpoint, it is no longer one of the maps featured in the league as of right now. And the final game mode is Control, which replaces Domination from last year. There are only three maps at this time. Raid replaces one of them. 

Raid takes Moscow’s place in the Control mode and will be joined by Checkmate and Garrison, both of which have become staples apparently in the Call of Duty League as they are the only ones other than Raid to be featured in all three game modes. 

Tactical Rifles Are Also Banned From the League

However, the addition of Raid is far from the only significant change to happen for the upcoming 2021 season this week. The other major change is that all tactical rifles have been banned from the league’s weapon pool for the next season. This includes the Type 63, M16, AUG, and DMR 14. 

This entire weapon category will not be allowed in the upcoming season, and, presumably, this is something that most of the league has agreed upon already. The tactical rifles join the LMGs as the only other primary weapon category to be entirely banned. 

These are but some of the rules that will occur during the Call of Duty League 2021 season. This could indicate that these are the final set of rules and that there won’t be any more before starting the new season. Stay tuned for our full breakdown of the completed rules as well as the schedule soon. 


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